OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers: Swiss Banks Disclosure Deadline on April 30, 2014

As many OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers know, April 30, 2014 is a crucial deadline for the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) The Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks (the “Program”). By this date, numerous Swiss banks will have to disclose the names of US accountholders, account balance information, and various other data with respect to U.S. accountholders.

OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers: What Banks Will Disclose U.S. Taxpayers by April 30, 2014

The list of Swiss Banks who will disclose their U.S. taxpayers to the IRS and DOJ by April 30, 2014 is very large and includes prominent banks such as:

Aargauische Kantonalbank
Acrevis Bank AG
AEK Bank 1826
Appenzeller Kantonalbank
Baloise Bank SoBa
Bank am Bellevue
Bank Coop AG
Banque Cantonale de Fribourg
Banque Cantonale de Genève
Banque cantonale du Jura
Banque cantonale du Valais
Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise
Banque Cantonale Vaudois
Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild
Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank
Berner Kantonalbank
Cembra Money Bank AG
Cornèr Banca SA
Edmond de Rothschild Group
EFG International AG
Glarus Bank
Graubündner Kantonalbank
Hyposwiss Privatbank Zurich AG
Hyposwiss Private Bank Geneve SA
Hypothekarbank Lenzburg
Linth Bank
Lombard Odier & Cie.
Luzerner Kantonalbank
Migros Bank
Nidwaldner Kantonalbank
Piquet Galland & Cie SA
Post Finance
Rothschild Bank AG, Zurich
Saanen Bank
Schaffhauser Kantonalbank
Schwyzer Kantonalbank
St. Galler Kantonalbank
Ticino Cantonal Bank
Union Bancaire Privee
Valartis Bank (Switzerland)
Valiant Holding AG
Vontobel Holding AG
VP Bank (Switzerland)
Walliser Kantonalbank
Zuger Kantonalbank

Note: this is just a selective list – many other banks that are not named here are participating in the Program. This is particularly true for many private banks that are not required to disclose publicly whether they are participating in the Program.

OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers: Two Cantonal Banks and Other Category 1 Banks Excluded from the Program

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) previously launched investigations against two other Swiss cantonal banks, such as Baser Kantonalbank and Zürcher Kantonalbank. These banks are classified as Category 1 banks and will not be allowed to enroll in the Program. Similarly, otehr Category 1 banks cannot participate in the program Credit Suisse, Julius Baer, Pictet, HSBC Privatbank, Liechtensteinische Landesbank, Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Mizrahi, Rahn & Bodmer, Bank Wegelin, Bank Frey, Neue Zürcher Bank.

OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers: Letters from Banks

As part of their “voluntary disclosure” under the Program, the Swiss Banks have already sent out letters to the majority of their U.S. account holders. These letters are not mere warnings (though, they also are exactly that to many unsuspecting U.S. taxpayers) to U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed Swiss accounts, but they are also a way for the Swiss Banks to minimize their penalty exposure (because, in calculating their own penalty base, Category 2 banks do not have to count the bank accounts which are already disclosed to the IRS).

OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers: What Does April 30, 2014 Mean for U.S. Taxpayers With Undisclosed Foreign Accounts

As most OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers indicate, April 30, 2014, marks a very important deadline for U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign accounts in Switzerland. The reason is found in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) acceptance rules.

The rules basically state that if the IRS receives the information about undisclosed foreign accounts from a third party before U.S. owner of these accounts enters the OVDP program, then the IRS will likely reject (or, as it was in the case with some OVDP participants last year – eject such U.S. owner from the OVDP) such U.S. owner’s application to participate in the OVDP program.

Therefore, OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers advise their clients that a very important and the most official route to voluntary disclosure will simply become completely closed to many U.S. taxpayers who fail to enter OVDP and disclose their Swiss accounts prior to April 30, 2014.

Of course, it is important to note, that it is possible that some of the Swiss banks have already disclosed such unreported accounts owned by U.S. taxpayers and many more are likely to do it in advance of the April 30, 2014, deadline.

In such case, U.S. taxpayers who either hold or previously held undisclosed bank accounts at any of the Swiss cantonal banks eligible for enrollment in the Program, or any bank already under investigation, may face substantial civil and potential criminal penalties if they do nothing or if their cases are not handled properly.

Therefore, it is imperative for U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed Swiss bank and financial accounts to contact OVDP Foreign Accounts Lawyers who specializes in the OVDP disclosure of foreign accounts.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Professional Help with Undisclosed Swiss Accounts

Experienced OVDP (program now closed) foreign accounts lawyer Eugene Sherayzen of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. can help you with all of your voluntary disclosure issues. Our experienced tax law office will thoroughly review your case, estimate your existing tax and FBAR liability in the United States, identify the available voluntary disclosure options, prepare your voluntary disclosure package (including all legal documents and tax forms) and rigorously defend your interests during your negotiations with the IRS.

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